In the age of ubiquitous information, The Thing Quarterly brings back the element of surprise with a subscriber-powered publication kept under lock and key until delivery. Edited by John Herschen and Will Rogan, The Thing is "a periodical in the form of an everyday object," inviting artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative types to come up with visual work that incorporates text.
Recently unveiled, writer and radio producer Starlee Kine designed issue 10, featuring an onion cutting board with "Crying Instructions" literally burned onto it. An included locker poster of TV character McNulty from "The Wire" mid-weep plays off the theme.
Kine will host a cooking demonstration for The Thing on 15 May 2010 at NYC's Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, where she'll demonstrate the proper methods for cutting an onion in addition to a reading and signing. The event will also include David Lipsky, David Rees and Arthur Jones. Half of all proceeds from copies of The Thing (and 100% from food and drinks) sold will benefit Housing Works, a non-profit offering shelter, medical assistance and other social programs to people with HIV and AIDS.
Kine's issue also sells as an individual issue for $60 and will sell from Printed Matter in New York, the Mattress Factory Museum Shop in Pittsburgh, The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco, and online from The Thing. A yearly subscription runs $200, and will include Kine's issue as well as future work by artist Chris Johanson, clothing collective Doo.ri, curator Matthew Higgs, and (you heard it here first) actor James Franco.